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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elevated area of barren rocky land with little or no soil cover, often crossed by dry stream channels. Often used in the plural: the scablands of eastern Washington.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. High, flat land of igneous rock, with thin soil and deep channels formed by glaciers or glacial floods.


From scab + land. (Wiktionary)


  • The Turnbull Wildlife Refuge protects 16,000 acres of scabland habitat near Cheney.

    The Seattle Times


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